Mecca and the Soul Brother often gets cited as Pete Rock & C.L Smooth’s best album…I can’t blame people for having that opinion, that particular album is fucking amazing. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) is easily in contention for greatest rap song of all time. The story telling..the production …that iconic saxophone sample, it seems to be one of those rare songs that transcends the rap generations and is beloved by all.
I was always a Main Ingredient guy. Pete Rock and C.L Smooth were always sophisticated in their approach, yet the follow up to classic debut feels so much sexier. The production is lush and alternates from dreamy jazz samples to blaring horn stabs and dirty breaks that now defines the 90’s style of new york rap. Carmel City has to be one of the most sensual rap songs of all time. It’s delicate without being soft and overtly sexual without being crass. It’s dreamy and I mean that in the least starry eyed bitch boy way possible. It’s one of the joints I’ve closed my eyes to and drifted away to a million times over. A year removed from Tribe’s Electric Relaxation I feel like it was a response and foreshadowing of the heavy R&B influence rap that would dominated the mid 90’s. Listening to Slum Village fantastic vol 2 (one of my all time favorite rap albums) the finger prints of Carmel City & The Main ingredient become more apparent